Game on: Play your best

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH -

RIG Plantron­ics, $ 149.99

GAMES are im­mer­sive but there are good rea­sons to stay con­nected to the out­side world, too. That’s the idea be­hind Plantron­ics’ new gam­ing head­set, which con­nects to a games con­sole or PC as well as a smart­phone or tablet.

Users con­nect the stereo head­set to a cen­tral con­sole, which also plugs into a phone’s head­phone jack and game ma­chine’s USB drive.

Au­dio can then be mixed from each source, and users can take phone calls as they ar­rive by tap­ping a switch and talk­ing into the re­mov­able mic or in- line con­trol.

It’s not wire­less, but this head­set is supremely com­fort­able and of­fers qual­ity sound from all sources. plantron­

LEAP MO­TION Dick Smith, $ 129.95 ( main im­age)

IT’S al­most im­pos­si­ble to re­view Leap Mo­tion with­out men­tion­ing Mi­nor­ity Re­port. This seem­ingly sim­ple, 45g USB de­vice plugs into any Mac or PC and lets you in­ter­act with the com­puter with hand ges­tures.

Two in­fra- red cam­eras track hands and fin­gers as they are waved over the de­vice, with apps from its Airspace app store de­liv­er­ing mo­tion­con­trolled games, from rac­ing to puzzles, as well as news, sci­ence and graph­ics apps.

It works ef­fi­ciently, is easy to set up and is darned good fun to use.

It won’t re­place a mouse for ev­ery­day tasks yet, but it’s get­ting closer.

POCKET Moga, $ 59.95

MORE peo­ple are play­ing games on their phones, so why not cre­ate a tra­di­tional game con­troller for mo­bile use?

The Moga Pocket fits the bill, with a light­weight plas­tic con­struc­tion, two joy­sticks, a four- but­ton nav­i­ga­tion pad, plus start and se­lect keys. The unit is pow­ered by two AAA bat­ter­ies and con­nects by Blue­tooth to any An­droid phone.

An ex­tend­ing, spring- loaded hook can keep even the largest hand­set in place, while play­ers con­trol games from Moga’s app store be­low.

The games could just be con­trolled on the phone screen, of course, but us­ing this unit is un­de­ni­able retro fun.

SABERTOOTH Razer, $ 149.95

EVEN con­sole gamers can be se­ri­ous about their craft; se­ri­ous enough to in­vest in a cus­tomis­able con­troller such as the Sabertooth.

This Razer- made cre­ation looks like a stan­dard Xbox 360 con­troller but, up close, re­veals im­por­tant ad­di­tions.

Users get an ex­tra two but­tons on its top edge, an ex­tra two trig­gers lie be­neath the con­troller ( which can be re­moved), and the whole unit can be cus­tomised with two pro­files avail­able and ac­ces­si­ble with two but­tons and a tiny screen at the base of the unit.

Sadly, the Sabertooth isn’t wire­less, but it does of­fer a long, braided cable as com­pen­sa­tion. raz­er­

NAGA Razer, $ 119.95

YOUR mouse has just two but­tons and a scroll­wheel? How dis­ap­point­ing. This gam­ing mouse, the Naga, of­fers 16 but­tons and a scroll­wheel that de­liv­ers three se­lec­tion op­tions straight down, left and right.

For mas­sively multi- player online game play­ers, the ex­tra but­tons de­liver handy cus­tomi­sa­tions, with the 12- but­ton num­ber pad on its side of­fer­ing quick short­cuts, and raised mid­dle but­tons al­low­ing play­ers to feel their way.

Its ex­treme track­ing sen­si­tiv­ity, up to 8200dpi, is a ma­jor plus in games where mil­lisec­onds mat­ter. Users need to in­stall soft­ware and reg­is­ter cus­tomi­sa­tions. raz­er­

HANDS ON: Leap Mo­tion.


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